History of Fireplaces in Arts and Crafts

Fireplaces were an significant feature of Arts and Crafts design. In the era from which the Movement drew its stimulus the fireplace was only start to be sited on the sidewalls of great halls in the households of the very rich.

So the style adopted by Arts and Crafts was a 19th century day pastiche of what was actually created during the Wars of the Roses. Projects were often in brick although stone could be used where it was a local physical. You can enrich your surroundings by hanging wallpapers.

 

 

The fireplaces were large, often rounded and had an inglenook feel. Bricks would vary in size, with courses laid sheer as well as conventionally or perhaps in a herringbone pattern. Later designs often comprised tiles and the type of sinuous projects that are associated with Charles Rennie Macintosh and Art Nouveau.

Tiles might have a pastoral scene or a multifaceted flower motif and the Rockwood Pottery that shaped early designs was carefully associated with Morris & Co, the company that William Morris ran from 1875.

We still live with the Arts & Crafts legacy in mock Tudor houses, twentieth century wall panelling and old brick fireplaces. Like virtually all styles of the last two hundred years the popularity declines only to reappear up to one hundred years later.


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